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Intel Atom and Lion

MacOS X Lion is once again going to change how we use OSX. Sadly , Apple decided to drop 32-bit support for OSX Lion , thus making it compatible for 64-bit processors. Sadly for those who are using Intel Core Duo , Intel Core Solo , Intel Atom Processors (N 2xx series) , it would not be possible to install OSX Lion officially.

The good news  I’ve managed to do some bit of search and found out that it is still possible to boot into 32-bit kernel and to use 32-bit stuff (meaning that there is still a 32-bit kernel and 32-bit kexts and 32-bit frameworks). However , Apple has removed “Legacy” support (Which simply means pure 32-bit support) out of their kernel , which means that most of the netbook users are not able to use vanilla (Apple’s stock) kernel. They would have to use a patched kernel or some sort. Since the source code of the kernel is not released yet , it is not possible for us to  binary-patch the kernel of some sort.

We would have to wait till Apple releases the source code and puts it up.

 

It is bit too early to tell what the future holds for us (netbook users) , as Apple is known for dropping support in last minute (for instance Game Center for iPhone 3G). If they make their frameworks purely 64-bit or any other funny stuff , most likely it is going to be end of the road for most of the netbook users. But let us keep our spirits high . After all if its possible to run on your $200 netbook , it would be possible for those incompatible Intel macs as well !

The next big thing and we need you !

That’s right  , nawcom (yeah the author of ModUSBCD) , merklot (the talented guy who made NBI and whos improving Chameleon) , and (hopefully) myself would be working on a new project called v0ltr0n. Whats that you ask , head over here to find out more.

 

Anyhow to cut the long story short. Voltron is what that something that would change how we install OSX Lion in our hackint0sh. It would make life easier for every one of us. In fact , all you would have to do is install OSX Lion on how would you would do on a real mac. We are not reinventing the wheel here but rather improvising the wheel here

 

Personally , I would like to get more people to get involved in this. If you are a good coder , or in fact if yo are good in OSX86 or in fact if you think can contribute in any way , feel free to visit nawcom’s blog. Post it . To my old friends (yes you know who you are) , we really need you this time. Hopefully we can work on this project , improving chameleon and hopefully improve entire OSX experience for everyone .

 

I do hope that there would be a working prototype (or a working version) by the time Lion hits the store . Let us hope and put our hands together to make this project a success !